West Coast Eagles keep the faith with senior players ahead of Sydney Swans AFL clash at GMHBA Stadium

Adam Simpson has resisted making any vital choice statements in the wake of his largest dwelling defeat as West Coast coach, with all of the Eagles’ senior players included in the beginning 18 for Sunday’s clash with Sydney at GMHBA Stadium.

The inclusion of Jamaine Jones to interchange suspended ahead Liam Ryan is the solely change to this point to the 22 that was thrashed by the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

Last weekend’s substitute Jackson Nelson has slipped out of the 26-man squad altogether, with Alex Witherden and Luke Foley included on an prolonged bench as West Coast take into account shaking up a again seven unit that struggled to generate significant ball motion in opposition to the Bulldogs.

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Witherden and Foley have been joined by fellow inclusions Zac Langdon and Nathan Vardy on an eight-man bench with Josh Rotham, Jake Waterman, Luke Edwards and Jack Petruccelle.

Four of these players shall be reduce when the crew is finalised on Friday afternoon.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Alex Witherden of the West Coast Eagles runs out of defense during the AFL Practice Match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Mineral Resources Park on February 27, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)
Camera IconWest Coast recruit Alex Witherden has been named on an prolonged bench for the Eagles’ clash with Sydney. Credit: James Worsfold/Getty Images

Jones had performed or been named the substitute in each recreation this season, till being unnoticed altogether final weekend. The 22-year-old has bought on the area in 10 matches and kicked 10 targets.

“He’s had a great year. He found his way out of the side, not through lack of form,” Simpson mentioned.

“He puts a lot of good pressure on. He’s trying to lift his opportunities with his disposals. But he’s had growth this year, definitely.”

Simpson mentioned the recreation time his underdone midfield stars have been in a position to deal with was irrelevant, after a full-strength on-ball unit have been belted in the clearance (44-29) and contested ball (151-121) counts by the Dogs.

While first-choice centre sq. quartet Nic Naitanui (73 per cent recreation time), Luke Shuey (62 per cent), Elliot Yeo (76 per cent) and Tim Kelly (84 per cent) mixed for the first time this season, they solely performed the equal of three full video games between them.

“It’s not about minutes caps. It’s about playing at our best from the start,” Simpson mentioned.

“So don’t worry about the time on ground stuff. It’s irrelevant really.”

Asked whether or not his gun midfielders had vowed to make amends in opposition to the Swans, Simpson mentioned the proof could be in the pudding.

“The actions need to be the evidence. Not the discussion,” he mentioned.

“Whilst there’s no excuses on the weekend, at the same time we’re not going to get the best out of Luke Shuey in his first week in 10 weeks.

“(Patrick) Dangerfield’s still working towards his best form as well. Guys coming back from long-term injuries, it takes a little bit of time.

“But they’ve put their hand up to play. As a collective, we should have a really good midfield for weeks to come if we all stay fit and healthy.”

Simpson mentioned he wouldn’t dwell on the flogging from the Bulldogs.

“We’ve moved on. We’re onto Sydney and we need to play at our best,” he mentioned.

“And that’s contest, the way we move the ball, the way we defend. That’s our objective.

“We’re not going to live too much in that game. Albeit the last time we played, we were really disappointed.”

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